January 17, 2017
The story of Habakkuk is one that we can all resonate with. At any given point in one’s faith walk, we are left asking the question, “Why?” Sometimes we receive an answer. Sometimes we don’t. Sometimes, hindsight is 20/20 and we realize later how that problem, that time of suffering has later lead us to a path of blessing or peace.
I can name numerous times in the past when I have asked God why he allowed pain or tough circumstances into my life or the lives of those I care about. Like when I was nine years old and my parents divorced. Or when I miscarried our first child after trying to conceive for almost a year. On September 11, 2001, I asked why my sister-in-law had to be one of the ones killed in the World Trade Center bombings. More recently, I’ve asked God why so many women I know and care about are battling cancer.
The great thing about God, is — HE IS GOD! He can handle our “whys”! He wants us to cry out to him and express our feelings and look to Him for peace and hope in our circumstances. Notice I didn’t say look for the answers. Now, Habakkuk does get his answer. However, God doesn’t always tell us the reason why, but instead reminds us of who He is and that we can trust Him as the sovereign creator of the universe. Trust is the key! Times when I can’t understand “why”, are times I cling to scripture verses like Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.” I can try to understand life from a human perspective all I want, but when I stop trying to “figure it out” and instead acknowledge God’s ultimate control over my life and all of creation, I experience His peace.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” If we love and trust our heavenly father, then we will believe that He knows what is best for us and will bring good out of even the worst of circumstances. So, our focus will turn instead from WHY to the WHO in whom we’ve placed our trust — our creator God.